US officials say al-Qaeda's second in command has been killed in Pakistan.

Atiyah Abdul-Rahman is believed to have been killed in a drone attack in North Waziristan on August the 22nd.

American authorities say his death is highly significant.

Alleged files recovered from Osama Bin Laden's compound reveal Abdul-Rahman was a key operational figure in the group.

Al Jazeera speaks to Imtiaz Gul, a political analyst in Islamabad, and an expert on Pakistan's tribal regions.